Hardware specifications 1.0 of the XiVO appliance

Posted on Mon 25 January 2010 in Hardware by xcarcelle

The goal of the XiVO OpenHardware project is to to develop a open-specs, open-docs appliance from the design of the hardware project to the CAD files and production files underneath the project. The target of this appliance is a small IPBX appliance ideal for SOHO requirements in terms of IP-phone lines as well as analog connectivity for fax/analog lines.

The following bloc diagram expresses the different features targetted on the XiVO OpenHardware project to allow the appliance to interact with 4 PSTN T0 lines, analog FXO and FXS interfaces as well as usual IP networks connectivities, storage interfaces and configuration/debugging interfaces.

XiVO Hardware

  • The CPU is purposely chosen with a x86 architecture to allow a smooth porting from the existing XiVO framework into the hardware. The BSP is a debian-based Linux and will be easily into this CPU architecture. The CPU will probably behaves as a SoC intregrating the different controllers for the peripherals. RAM will be connected
  • ISDN Lines: 4 T0 lines which allows 8 simultaneous communications. These interfaces will be controlled by a ISDN chip connected to the CPU (SPI/TDM interfaces)
  • Analog phone lines: The appliance is supposed to interact with existing PABX and to act as a PABX for the local phones on the SOHO network. The FXS (Foreign eXchange Subscriber) interface will allow the IPBX to connect to PSTN lines as a subscriber for analog/fax needs. The FXO (Foreign eXchange Office) interface will allow the IPBX to act as an analog PBX to connect local analog phones to the IPBX and allows a SOHO phone environment mixed between IP-phones and analog phones.
  • IP Network: The XiVO IPBX will have 2 100baseT Ethernet interfaces for WAN/LAN IP connectivity
  • Storage: The XiVO IPBX will have external SD, internal HDD storage for the BSP config files as well as for the logs, firewall rules...
  • Debugging/Configuration: The XiVO IPBX will have a USB interface (USB host) allowing the connexion of external devices. Also for debugging and output console, the XiVO IPBX will have a RS232 external serial interface as well as on-PCB console ports on the CPU.

Next steps: prototyping of the different bloc diagram connected to the EVB (EValuation Board) of the CPU based on the XiVO framework.